ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Thursday Minnesota Talking Book Awareness Day.

March 3 marks the 80th anniversary of the Pratt-Smoot Act that established the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Talking Book Program.

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Since 1933, the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in the Minnesota Department of Education has provided statewide library services to Minnesotans with a visual or physical disability.

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Minnesotans who have difficulty reading printed material because of blindness or a physical handicap may be eligible to participate in the audio and braille books program. By law, U.S. military veterans are given priority.

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